|The Children's Internet Protection Act and the
Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act require that each district
that receives any federal funding for technology must have an
board-approved Internet Safety Policy. There should be at least one public
hearing on the policy.
DPI provides some guidelines
on complying with this legislation. A district may use an Internet
Acceptable Use policy that was in place before this legislation was passed
if it meets all the requirements of the legislation. DPI requires schools
to have Internet safety policy that covers:
|Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and the
|The safety and security of
minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of
including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities
by minors online|
use, and dissemination of personal identification information
|Measures designed to
restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.|
has an Internet
Safety Policies and CIPA: An E-Rate Primer for Schools and Libraries.
It provides the following additional guidelines as well as a sample policy:
|The policy should apply to
both minors and adults.
|The policy should specify
the use of an Internet filtering mechanism.
|The policy should
emphasize staff responsibilities in supervising online activities by
|The policy should address
N-CIPA issues for minors such as safe use of email and unauthorized
disclosure of personal information.|
As teachers more fully utilize students-created Webs as a
learning tool, school districts will have to deal
with issues that arise from uploading Web sites on the Internet. Some
districts are only allowing student work on Intranets, accessible within
the school. This avoids many potential problems that can result from
student work that is placed online.
Many of the issues that
arise from student work that is uploaded on the Internet are outlines at David Warlick's
or School Web Publishing site. Here
is a good site with examples of school district Web policies It examines web policies, release forms
and acceptable use policies. The Madison
Metropolitan School District policy provides a local example.
issues are important to consider when student materials are publishing on the
Internet. The District
Copyright Web Publishing Rules from Bellingham, WA, provide guidelines
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